M Gerrick will republish her formerly trade published novel, The Vanished Night along with the second in the series TODAY! She also tells us all about why she chose to reclaim this series from a trade publisher and self-publish:
The Vanished Knight (The War of Six Crowns Book 1)
The entity living inside Callan’s soul orphaned her at age eleven. By the time she’s sixteen, it’s ensured her being shunted from one foster family to another.
Her thirteenth foster assignment should be routine. Except… it’s not. A psycho in medieval armor kidnaps her and she ends up in a magical world. There, she accidentally discovers a secret her parents had kept until the day they died.
Both actually came from this magical world, but left before Callan was born. To cover their tracks, they’d lied about everything. Even who they really were.
Driven to find out where she comes from, Callan’s trapped in a race for life and death. Walking away isn’t an option, but if she stays too long, the entity will find its next victim.
In this world where secrets are sacrosanct and grudges are remembered, finding the truth will be near impossible. Especially when Callan has her own homicidal little secret to deal with.
One with a taste for destroying her life.
Ten Reasons Why I Prefer Self-Publishing by Misha Gericke.
Two years ago, I signed the two books I’m currently marketing to a small publishing company. Spoiler (?): It didn’t work out. So here I am, with my book rights returned, and this time, I decided to go it alone. I’ve mentioned some other reasons elsewhere, but here are some more:
1) Control over when the book gets published.
I could do what I want, but with a publisher, it would take at least a year. Now, I can (theoretically) knuckle down and produce the same book in half the time or less.
This one I already wrote about at length, but for those of you who weren’t there: these days, I’m not buying much with the 40% to 85% of sales that go to my publisher (and agent). So why would I just give it to them? Validation shouldn’t be that expensive.
This could probably take another post all of its own, but I’m keeping an eye on what’s going on in the publishing industry, and I don’t like what’s I keep seeing and hearing.
4) I love that I don’t need to hire an auditor to know how many books I sold where, in real time.
5) I can publish as many books as I’m capable of producing.
Which is good, because I’m hoping to produce three per year at the very least — for at least four years.
6) The fact that I control the price.
7) The fact that I control the cover.
Both #6 and #7 have more to them than “I just like to be able to choose” as a reason. Sadly, though, it’ll take somewhere between new blog post and a degree in marketing to explain all of it.
8) I don’t like being told no. And I especially resent the idea that agents and publishers “won’t take on books that are risky.”
This comes back to economics again. If I am anywhere between 70 and 100% certain that my book will make a truckload of cash, which is better: Publishing the same quality book for a limited amount of say $20k or (much) less? Or publishing through a company that never reveals the full costs involved, and then paying up to 85% (counting agent fees) of all money that book ever earns to said company and agent?
9) Speaking of costs: I control those too.
10) I know where ALL of my money’s going.
It’s nice, knowing that I can see (with a bit of accounting effort) exactly where that 85% of my book’s revenue goes instead of the black box that is the trade publishing industry.
Does this mean I’ll never trade publish again?
No, but it means I’ll take a long, hard look at any offers for real, VALUABLE services being offered AND at the contract. Publishers are middlemen. When one approaches me while admitting this and treats me with the respect I, as supplier, deserve… I might think about it.
Here’s the second book in this series, now available for pre-order (release date 31st July):
The Heir’s Choice (The War of Six Crowns Book 2)
After discovering her parents had kept a whole world secret, Callan races to discover her past. Not easy to do with an increasingly agitated entity inhabiting her soul.
Going to her long-lost elvish roots should answer all her questions. Instead, she ends up in the middle of a nightmare.
The elves are on the verge of an apocalyptic war. Their enemy, King Aurek of Icaimerith, will only be appeased if Callan marries his heir. It’s either her life getting messed up, or an entire country’s lives lost. Simple enough, right?
Because when the entity wants the elves blotted out of existence, saving them gets taken to a whole new level of complicated.
M Gerrick has been creating stories long before she could write and is currently going after her dream of making a living as a writer.
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“What about you? Thought about self-publishing? Why or why not?”